Detroit - The newly elected state assembly in Michigan includes at least one ex-con: Brian Banks, who’s been convicted eight times for felonies involving bad checks and credit card fraud, won a seat representing the east side of Detroit, Harper Woods, and the tony Grosse Pointes, CBS Detroit reports. Banks, 35, was convicted eight times between 1998 and 2004 of writing bad checks and credit card fraud. His slogan was “You can Bank on Banks.” “It’s time to elect a leader, with experience and passion, who will fight for you,” Banks wrote on his website. Michigan voters approved a constitutional amendment in 2010 that bans anyone convicted of a felony in the last 20 years from running for office – but the caveat is the conviction has to be “related to the person’s official capacity while holding any elective office.” This was Banks’ first run for elected office.
Banks was one of two candidates with unusual pasts elected in Michigan on Tuesday. Reindeer farmer Kerry Bentivolio, who once said in a deposition he wasn’t always sure if he was himself or Santa Claus and whose brother described him as “mentally unbalanced,” won a House seat in the state’s 11th district.
“You can Bank on Banks” Get it? It’s because he literally used to rob people for a living.
Gotta admit I’m kinda surprised this is even a story. Oh wow an ex-con was elected in Detroit, what’re the chances of that happening? I don’t know, what are the chances Lindsay Lohan has syphilis? What are the chances Patrick Kane’s black out drunk drowning in some Switzerland pussy right now? What are the chances Big Cat has a shrine dedicated to Clubber Lange in his bedroom closet? Like it’s pretty hard not to be a felon and when you’re a politician elected to office in the first place, never mind Detroit.
But let’s forget about Brian Banks for a second. Kid’s playing rookie ball compared to this reindeer farmer Kerry Bentivolio who freely admits that he sometimes has no idea if he’s Santa Claus or not.